Tree Painting

Encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this Tree Painting for Kids. Don’t forget to add it to your next nature preschool theme.

collage of tree painting images with text: Tree Painting Process Art for Little KidsFor the month of July, we’re going on an EcoVenture and this week, it’s all about Trees. Our topics for the week include Climbing Trees, Building with Trees, Painting Trees, Counting in Trees, and Writing with Trees. Today’s creative art was this quick and easy Tree Painting for Kids process art.

preschooler's tree painting artSome leaves on trees can change colors during the fall season. The branches on trees can be used as art tools for painting or stamping. 

preschooler stamping with a pineconeWe’ve done several different variations of tree painting and today’s tree painting process art was definitely one of our favorites. What could be more fun than painting with sticks, pinecones, and even leaves under a beautiful maple tree in our backyard?

preschooler dipping a pinecone into cup of paintThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, please see my full disclosures.

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two children making tree painting art togetherTree painting is a quick and easy activity to wow your little learners! Not to mention it’s a wonderful way to encourage communication skills and sensory exploration as your preschoolers describe the different parts of a tree.

child using pinecone and paint to stamp on cardstock Tree Painting

What you’ll need

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paper Plates
  • Nature Items

Here’s how to do it

Invite the child to use the nature items as painting tools. Help him or her press them for prints, or dip them and use them as brushes. What else does he or she do with them?

preschooler making tree art using paint and pineconeFor this activity, I set out a tray containing a stick and a pinecone along with white cardstock and of course paint. This month’s thematic study is perfect for Summer. It’s a nature study in a box and both the little guy and baby girl are definitely loving it!

pinecone and stick on child's tree painting process artTree painting is an engaging and hands-on way to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Your little learners will have the opportunity to explore all the different ways they can paint with trees.

child using a stick as a paintbrushThe little guy and baby girl even found some nature items of their own to paint with. They worked together to collect “helicopters” to use as paintbrushes. I thought that was such a creative idea!

child's tree painting on tray next to stickIf you have some extra time, another quick and easy tree art activity for preschoolers is making bark rubbings. Just grab a few crayons and some lightweight paper to get started. Making bark rubbings is another great way to explore unique textures in nature.

preschooler using stick as a paintbrush while making tree painting for kids
Preschool Tree Activities

Here at The Keeper of the Memories, we’re always adding fun preschool tree activities. Keep reading for a list of some of our favorites that would be absolutely perfect for your next preschool tree theme.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our EcoVenture theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of tree painting images with text: Tree Painting Process Art for Preschoolers